Centennial kept fighting back, but Douglass never surrendered the lead, holding on for a 71-66 victory Friday night in a battle of the top-ranked boys basketball teams in Class 3A and 4A.
Douglass, 4A's three-time defending champion, saw a 10-point fourth-quarter lead disappear as Centennial pulled within one on five different occasions.
A pair of free throws each from Stephen Clark and Deondre Clark, along with a key bucket by Phillip McKinney, helped Douglass hang on.
Stephen Clark finished with 24 and Deondre Clark had 13. Glenn Banks was crucial in the second half, scoring 12 of his 14 points for the Trojans.
Nick Burnett had a team-high 18 for Centennial, and Austin Garner had 15.
The girls game had even more drama, with Breiana Samilton laying in the game-winner as time expired in a 35-33 win over Centennial.
MUSTANG RALLIES PAST EDMOND NORTH
Two of the bigger surprise teams of the early part of the season went head-to-head Friday night, with the Mustang boys pulling out an 84-79 win over Edmond North.
Freshman Jakolby Long, son of first-year coach Terry Long, had 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Austin Meyers added 12 of his 14 in the fourth quarter. Terrell Williams and Aubrey Johnson had 13 and 12 points, respectively, for Mustang.
Carlbe Ervin had 22 for Edmond North.
Behind 16 points from Mallory Brothers, the Mustang girls were able to pull off a 39-36 win over Edmond North.
NORTHEAST GIRLS EDGE STORM
T'Ona Edwards scored 25 points as the Northeast girls held off a fierce rally by the OKC Storm for a 62-56 win.
Northeast led 54-39 starting the fourth quarter, and held on for the tight win. Lanesia Williams added 18 for the Vikings.
PC, PC NORTH SPLIT RIVALRY
The Putnam City boys continued their winning ways with a balanced scoring effort in a 62-45 win over Putnam City North. Five PC players had between eight and 13 points, led by David Bush and Ronnie Boyce with 13 and 11, respectively.
The Putnam City North girls handed PC its third straight loss, 35-33, behind 12 points from Nakylia Carter.
Westmoore's Dillon Thompson had 28 points in a 70-63 win over Norman North. ... Mike Jones' 19 points helped El Reno escape with a 53-51 overtime win against Noble. ... With point guard Jordan Woodard hobbled, Edmond Memorial's Shaquille Morris and Aaron Young had 15 points apiece in a 52-34 win over Norman. ... Bethany's Tanner Stiles had 24 points in a 60-35 win over Lindsay ... Three Bethany girls scored in double-figures in a 52-46 win over Lindsay.